The Chinese economy is on fire, with some calling it healthy growth and some calling it a bubble, particularly in the Real Estate market where a building boom has coincided with rapidly rising prices. Property prices in Beijing are now higher than in Dubai, despite the latter having a higher per capita income. So when it comes to China and its relation to the global economy are we talking ‘Noahs Ark’ or ‘Titanic’?
Speaking of Dubai, here’s a dubious but interesting theory: The Skyscraper Index proposes that the nation with the worlds tallest building suffers an economic downturn sometime around its opening. The worlds tallest building is now opening in Dubai, where some property values have dropped in half over the last year as their debt ridden economy falters. Previous record breaking buildings have been the Empire State Building (US Great Depression), Sears Tower (70’s stagflation) and the Petronas tower in Kuala Lumpur (East Asian global financial crisis).
The next record breaking building is set to be the Shanghai Tower which is scheduled to open in 2014.